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Machines

  • Whatever the advantages of the machine may be — and they are many — the very ease of its use is bound to make away with intimacy — the intercourse of human beings, of animals, or of that which we still think of as the natural world.

    • Freya Stark,
    • "Passing Fashions," in Homes and Gardens ()
  • Industrialism is the religion with 'the machine' as the god going to answer all the prayers. Communism and capitalism were just competing sects.

    • Dora Russell,
    • in Dale Spender, There's Always Been a Women's Movement This Century ()
  • The years have taught me that nothing is less reliable than [machines] ... it is difficult not to wonder whether that combination of elements which produces a machine for labor does not create also a soul of sorts, a dull resentful metallic will, which can rebel at times.

  • A world based on machine images is a world filled with boundaries. In a machine, every piece knows its place.

  • Maybe people have become so stupid as a result of having too many machines / The company we keep.

    • Chrystos,
    • "No Rock Scorns Me as Whore," in Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back ()
  • Machines seem to sense that I am afraid of them. It makes them hostile.

  • Machines are the opium of the masses. If all the machines in England were thrown into the North Sea tomorrow, we should be back in the Garden of Eden. And the weather would probably improve.

  • Ours is a time of the machine, and ours is a need to know that the machine can be put to creative human effort. If not, the machine can destroy us.

    • Dorothea Lange,
    • in Nathan Lyons, ed., Photographers on Photography ()